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Postby highplaces » Tue May 14, 2013 8:18 am

I have the Garmin 405CX watch and have been happy with it, but the battery life is only 7-8 hours. Many of the activities I do are longer than that, so I’m looking for a watch with a longer battery life.

The Garmin Forerunner 310XT has a battery life of 20 hours. I’ve read some good and not-so-good reviews on it. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/running/forerunner-310xt/prod27335.html

Anyone have experience with it? Or have a watch with 20’ish hour battery life you’d recommend?

Thanks.

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Re: Sports Watch

Postby dehrlich101 » Tue May 14, 2013 8:43 am

Suunto Ambit has a battery life of 15 hrs while on 1 sec GPS tracking or 50 hrs on 60 sec GPS tracking. I recently bought this watch, and really like it so far. I have yet to use it on an extended hiking trip but it worked well for an ultra I did last week. The price tag is a bit steep at $500, but if you wait until the 17th REI has it on sale for $374.95.

http://www.rei.com/product/833399/suunto-ambit-gps-multifunction-watch

Suunto just released two new Ambit's. The Ambit2 and the Ambit2 S.

The Ambit2 has the same battery life as the original ambit, with a few new features.

http://www.rei.com/product/857856/suunto-ambit2-gps-multifunction-watch

The Ambit2 S has a battery life of 8 hours on 1 sec GPS intervals and 25 hours on 60 sec GPS intervals. If you're using the watch for running, it will be inaccurate in the 60 sec GPS intervals but from what I hear it is accurate if you are just hiking or some other slow moving sport.

http://www.rei.com/product/857918/suunto-ambit2-s-gps-multifunction-watch

Here are some very in-depth reviews of the different Ambits.

http://www.irunfar.com/2013/04/suunto-ambit2-and-ambit2-s-preview.html

http://www.irunfar.com/2012/05/suunto-ambit-review.html

http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/04/suunto-ambit2-review.html

If you're looking for something cheaper, the Garmin Foretrex 401 maybe what you are looking for. I used an old model a while back and remember it being pretty good. What is nice about this GPS is that you can replace the batteries when they get low, and keep on going.

http://www.rei.com/product/790321/garmin-foretrex-401-gps


I've heard good and bad things about the Garmin Fenix. Never have tried it.. here is what others have said about it on the forum.

http://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=38953&p=471828&hilit=Garmin+Fenix#p471828

http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=36778&p=469992#p469992
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Re: Sports Watch

Postby nyker » Tue May 14, 2013 10:05 am

Do you need GPS? If not there are many including several from Suunto I can recommend. Most GPS watches will have their battery life measured in hours...

Re: Sports Watch

Postby highplaces » Tue May 14, 2013 12:28 pm

dehrlich101 - Wow! Thanks for all the info, I will look into those options.

nyker - This may be a stupid question, but isn't GPS required to track distance? I was under the impression it was. My wants are distance, current elevation, ele gain, heart rate, elapsed time, pace, time per mile, etc. My current watch does all that, the battery just conks out too soon.

Re: Sports Watch

Postby Bean » Tue May 14, 2013 12:57 pm

Footpods can be used to track distance but aren't terribly accurate. GPS is the best bet there. I've been very happy with my 310XT, the 910XT is going on sale on Friday at REI, and I hear rumors on the internets that Garmin could be announcing something new Friday-ish.
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Re: Sports Watch

Postby highplaces » Tue May 14, 2013 4:10 pm

Thanks Bean, what have you seen with battery life for your 310XT? Do you get close to 20 hours?

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Re: Sports Watch

Postby nyker » Wed May 15, 2013 8:50 am

Ah yes, ok then you'll need a GPS. The Suunto T6c (with the footpod added for distance, etc.) will do all that and have normal battery life, but have not used the footpod to comment on its accuracy.

Re: Sports Watch

Postby Bean » Wed May 15, 2013 9:11 am

highplaces wrote:Thanks Bean, what have you seen with battery life for your 310XT? Do you get close to 20 hours?

I had a 21 hour day out in the mountains with it once and it died about 10 minutes from the car on the way back down, FWIW.
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Re: Sports Watch

Postby highplaces » Wed May 15, 2013 9:22 am

Thanks Bean, exactly what I was looking to find out. I've got it narrowed down to the Garmin 310XT or 910XT. Leaning towards the 310 just for pricing. I'll wait and see what REI is running on Friday.

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Re: Sports Watch

Postby dehrlich101 » Wed May 15, 2013 1:46 pm

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Re: Sports Watch

Postby highplaces » Wed May 15, 2013 2:09 pm

Thanks dehrlich101, I was reading his review of the 310XT earlier http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2009/09/garmin-forerunner-310xt-in-depth-review.html. DCRainmaker puts out some incredible reviews. No doubt the 910XT is sweet, but I'm just not sure the features justify the extra cost for me. My use of the upgraded swimming function would be minimal, and it seems that other big upgrade is the barometric altimeter which would be a nice-to-have, but not a necessity. We'll see what sales they run on Friday.

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Re: Sports Watch

Postby swbackcountry » Wed May 15, 2013 2:42 pm

I'm contemplating a new gps watch, but wondered how they compare to the phone apps that are available. I currently do not own a smart phone, but am getting a new contract this month, which is one reason why I wonder about this now... Can phone apps be used when there is no signal to track elevation, distance, speed?

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